Associate Specialist- Marine Science: California

Benioff Ocean Initiative, Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
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The Benioff Ocean Initiative ( at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks a specialist to generate actionable environmental change in the oceans.

The Benioff Ocean Initiative is a new endeavor led by UCSB that aims to use marine research and marine scientists help solve pervasive ocean problems— it’s an experimental model in innovating ways to translate university-powered research into tangible solutions to problems that affect ocean ecosystems and human communities.

Applicant will be required to communicate and collaborate with other research scientists who will be recruited to study ocean issues within these working groups. The purpose of the research working groups will be to generate new science and review existing science to execute new solutions for ocean problems. Advanced expertise in marine science will be required to assemble, lead and synthesize results from such groups.

Incumbent will also provide considerable input in carrying out responsibilities that will include organizing scientific working groups to study ocean issues, coordinating ocean-related public outreach activities and working with marine contractors/service providers to carry forward projects generated by research groups.
Minimum qualifications:
Masters degree in marine science, biological science, environmental studies, or similar.

Additional qualifications:
Experience or working familiarity in the areas of marine policy or data analytics or geographic information systems (GIS) or ocean geospatial data, with some advanced expertise in at least one of these fields.

Preferred qualifications:
Prefer PhD (or advanced level Masters experience) including experience in science outreach and communication, demonstrated achievement in peer-review publishing, and experience conducting marine science inside and outside of university settings.

Salary and benefits will depend on academic background and experience. 100% time appointment for one year from start date with possibility for multiple year renewal.

Electronic applications (including a Cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references) should be sent to:

For primary consideration apply by May 10, 2017. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Francis Joyce
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